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David Correia Research Papers

Identifier: MSS-916-BC

Scope and Content

This collection contains material produced and collected by Correia while researching and writing his book, Properties of Violence: Law and Land Grant Struggle in Northern New Mexico, University of Georgia Press, 2013. The collection is organized into two series: Rio Arriba County Research and Rio Arriba County Interviews.

In the Rio Arriba County Research series court files comprise the largest part of the collection. They consist of facsimiles of transcripts from archives containing land title claims and law suits involving the State of New Mexico and the Tierra Amarilla land grant, obtained from the Supreme Court of New Mexico and District Court of Rio Arriba County.This series also contains facsimiles of FBI records obtained by Correia from the National Archives and Records Administration, Denver and Wash. D.C., as part of the Freedom of Information Act, as well as clippings and other materials related to Pedro Archuleta, Corporacion de Abiquiu, Amador Flores, Mundy Ranch, Raza Unida party and land development in the Chama, N.M. area.

Transcriptions of interviews with persons involved with the Tierra Amarilla Land Grant conflict comprise the Rio Arriba County Interviews series.


  • 1901-2009
  • Majority of material found within 1955-2009


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Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

Copy Restrictions

Limited duplication of CSWR material is allowed for research purposes. User is responsible for compliance with all copyright, privacy, and libel laws. Permission is required for publication or distribution.

Biography / History

David Correia is an assistant professor of American Studies at UNM. His research and publications center around land grants, land grant law, and property struggles in New Mexico. He is also interested in New Mexico's historical political economy, environmental justice and forest management.

Correia received his BA in 1997 from the University of Iowa, Department of Anthropology; his MCRP in 2001 from the University of New Mexico, School of Architecture and Planning; and his Ph.D. in 2006 from the University of Kentucky, Department of Geography. His dissertation is titled, Land Grants and Lumber Barons: a Political Ecology of Rural Restructuring in Northern New Mexico.

Some of the courses Correia has taught at UNM are: American Culture Studies Proseminar; Environmental Justice; The Politics of Property; Cyborg Society; Introduction to Environment; Science and Technology; Nature and Technopolitics; Politics of Sustainability and Science; Nature and Anxiety in the Zombie Films of George Romero.


2 boxes (2 cu. ft.)


The David Correia Research Papers document the history and people of the Tierra Amarilla land grant conflict in Northern New Mexico.

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Finding aid of the David Correia Research Papers, 1901-2009
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Repository Details

Part of the UNM Center for Southwest Research & Special Collections Repository

University of New Mexico Center for Southwest Research & Special Collections
University Libraries, MSC05 3020
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque NM 87131